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Sports Briefs: Bishop Ireton Boys, Episcopal Girls Win City X-Country Meet

The Bishop Ireton boys and the Episcopal girls teams won the Alexandria City Cross Country Championship meet on Oct. 7.

In boys action, Ireton finished with 34 points, followed by T.C. Williams (39), Episcopal (54) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (109). Each of the Cardinals’ five point-scoring harriers finished in the top 10, led by fourth-place finisher Mike Andersen, who posted a time of 17 minutes, 49.65 seconds. Liam O’Connor placed fifth (17:53.43), Nick Manzek seventh (18:13.59), Murphy Costigan eighth (18:14.27) and Sam Ferrara 10th (18:26.95).

Episcopal’s Reid Nickle finished first overall with a time of 17:03.34.

Darren Foreman led T.C. Williams with a second-place finish (17:12.93). Nick Brown finished third overall (17:20.85) for the Titans. Adugna G. Mariam (ninth, 18:15.82), Jonathan Forbes (12th, 18:31.26) and Nicholas Ahumada 13th, 18:45.38) also score points for TC.

Nickle, Jake Love (sixth, 18:10.11), Chris Driscoll (11th, 18:30.53), RJ Drucker (16th, 18:56.36) and Worth Smith (20th, 19:50.11) scored for Episcopal and Luke Frerichs (17th, 19:19.62), Stephen Secrest (21st, 19:51.24), Nam Mai (22nd, 20:12.10), Michael Colton (24th, 21:45.70) and Tom Ed Becherer (25th, 21:50.98) scored for SSSAS.

In girls action, Episcopal tallied 26 points, followed by T.C. Williams (33), Ireton (76) and SSSAS (95). Each Episcopal point-scorer finished in the top eight, led by Alessandra Gavin’s third-place time of 20:33.35. Elizabeth Buyck (fourth, 21:14.80), Abby Halm (fifth, 21:16.02), Elizabeth Spruill (sixth, 21:16.77) and Virginia Wright (eighth, 21:30.19) also scored points for the Maroon.

T.C. Williams featured the top two finishers in Shannon Smythe (first, 20:08.67) and Adugna Desalegn (second, 20:32.47). Smyth, a junior, finished more than 23 seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Sydney Schaedel (seventh, 21:19.27), Kathryn Hendley (11th, 22:17.03) and Stephanie Slaven (12th, 22:23.04) also scored points for the Titans.

Aburey Gartlan (10th, 22:10.87), Alex Georgi (13th, 22:48.38), Marin Nolan (14th, 23:25.21), Sarah Fyffe (19th, 24:05..84) and Katarina Frustaci (20th, 42:11.26) scored for Ireton, and Jazana Goolsby (15th, 23:37.18), Lizzie Zulauf (16th, 23:43.07), Tori Miller (17th, 23:50.14), Emma Brown (23th, 27:25.98) and Caroline Hamil (24th, 27:26.95) scored for SSSAS.

<b>TC Defends City Volleyball Title</b>

The T.C. Williams volleyball team won the Alexandria City Tournament for the second consecutive season, defeating Bishop Ireton 3-1 in the championship match on Oct. 8 at BIHS. Kate Whitmire led the Titans with 17 kills and Grand Roberson added 11. The Titans defeated Episcopal 3-0 in the semifinals a day earlier. Whitmire finished with 18 kills. Sydney Trout tallied seven kills and Roberson added six.

The wins improved T.C. Williams’ record to 5-7. The Titans will continue Patriot District play at home against Annandale at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 14.

<b>Episcopal Boys Soccer Improves to 10-0-1</b>

The Episcopal boys soccer team defeated Bullis and Landon by 5-0 margins on Oct. 5 and Oct. 8, respectively, to improve to 10-0-1. The Maroon have outscored their opponents 36-4.

Episcopal, the defending IAC champion, will host Georgetown Prep at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16.

<b>BI Football Loses to St. Albans</b>

The Bishop Ireton football team fell to 1-5 with a 16-10 loss to St. Albans on Oct. 9. Quarterback P.J. Zingler completed 21 of 30 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once. Moses Webb caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals will host St. Christopher’s for homecoming at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16.

<b>SSSAS Football Loses</b>

The St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes football team lost to Blue Ridge 42-28 on Oct. 9, dropping the Saints’ record to 1-4. One week earlier, SSSAS captured its first win, 40-0 over Randolph Macon Academy.

The Saints will host Bullis at 2 p.m. on Oct. 16.

<b>Episcopal Football Drops to 1-3</b>

The Episcopal football team lost to Landon 21-7 on Oct. 8, dropping its record to 1-3. The Maroon will host St. Albans at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16.